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Old 12-16-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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I have -3- outside electrical receptacles all with GFI's mounted around my house. During the summer months we only use -1- of these receptacles for garden lights and the sprinkler system---no problems. I recently had outside xmas lights, 120 in all, mounted to the eaves/gutter area's by a professional contractor that claims each bulb draws less than 1/2 watt, fed from the same receptacle that i use in the summer. The lights will light up for a night or two and then trip out the GFI. I reset same and it's good for another night or so. I should note that the sprinkler//garden light are unplugged. I then decided to plug the xmas lights into another receptacle and the same thing happens plus a group of lights in another area on a separate receptacle trips out. All -3- receptacles are fed from a single panel mounted breaker that does not trip out at all. Question: Can a GFI cause a another GFI on the same circuit to trip out? and can you suggest things to look for……..Thank-you

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A gfci will not cause another to trip.
An overload will not trip a gfci.
You may have moisture somewhere in the circuit or lights.

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Lights are leaking somewhere. The likely culprit is the connections where you plug the strings together.
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Try unplugging some of the lights in groups,
And run them for a night or two !

This way you can find which one is leaking and tripping the gfci

remember it's not current over load that tripps
out the GFCI

Instead it is tripped out by leakage !

You have some leakage, probably caused by moisture egrees.

But which one ?

Or it could be many, if they are not suitable for outdoor use !

Now you have to find out which it is ?
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Thanks to all of you. Unable to check out xmas lights due to bad weather but will when they are taken down in the Spring. Not sure if i will bother with house lights next year. Happy new year to you all. Thanks.
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